1st XV defeat Ellon at homeMike Robins
Hillfoots 31-5 Ellon
After a string of defeats on the road, Hillfoots got back to winning ways on Saturday 20 October with a comfortable 5 tries to 1 victory over Ellon.
The game was delayed 20 mins following an incident on the A90, forcing the Ellon bus into a long detour. ‘Foots received the kick off playing uphill and were quickly into their stride. The forwards were winning good ball and the backs looked comfortable with the ball in hand. Defences were on top for the first 15 mins, with neither side able to find a way through. ‘Foots broke the deadlock after good work from the forwards was rewarded with neat break from Jamie Murchie to sail in under the posts. Next up was Paul Slade with a bulldozing run from his favourite position on the wing. Hillfoots were in control and Murchie collected his second of the game with another break to leave the visiting defence trailing. Murchie converted both of his tries. With half time approaching, Hillfoots switched off and gave Ellon a lifeline with an unconverted score in the bottom corner.
Half time 19-5
Kicking off downhill, ‘Foots set about extending their lead and grabbing the bonus point. A lack of composure, however meant it took the homeside nearly 15 mins to secure that extra point.Ball was turned over in the ‘Foots half allowing the backs to break quickly downfield, good support from forwards saw the ball secured and after a couple of pick and gos, Keith Slade crashed over. With the visitors rarely venturing beyond their own half Hillfoots secured the win a pushover try credited to Chris Beetham. Gregor Manson converetd. Hillfoots finished the game on the front foot with only some desperate defence from the visitors keeping the score down.
A vast improvement on the previous performances and with another 2 home games to follow, a huge incentive to improve their league position is firmly in the players hands.